RED RED WINE
RED RED WINE – 2013
Who doesn’t LOVE this song!? Neil Diamond’s 1967 release sung from the perspective of a person who finds that drinking red wine is the only way to forget his woes. Eddy is inclined to agree!
“Red Red Wine” is a song originally written, performed, and recorded by American singer Neil Diamond in 1967. It is included on Neil’s second studio album, Just for You. The lyrics are sung from the perspective of a person who finds that drinking red wine is the only way to forget his woes.
When Neil left the Bang Records label in 1968, Bang continued to release Neil Diamond singles, often adding newly recorded instruments and background vocals to album tracks from the two Neil Diamond albums that Bang had issued. For the “Red Red Wine” single, Bang added a background choir without Neil’s involvement or permission. Diamond’s version reached number sixty-two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1968. A live version was released on Diamond’s The Greatest Hits (1966–92) but the 1968 single version has never been issued on a vinyl album or CD.
The song was covered by several artists shortly after Diamond’s recording was released. In 1968, the Dutch singer Peter Tetteroo (from the band Tee Set) had a hit with a cover of the song in Netherlands. Tony Tribe covered the song in 1969 in a reggae-influenced style. In 1983, UB40 recorded the best known version of the song, in a lighter reggae style. The UB40 version topped the Billboard Hot 100 and the UK Singles Chart. Diamond later performed a UB40-inspired version of the song while on tour.